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When using flashcards, should the word or the definition be hidden?

They cannot be compared directly, as they are used for entirely different skills. When you hide a word, and show only the definition, you are testing your ability to recall. I have a concept in ...
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What is the Strategy Inventory of Language Learning (SILL)?

The Strategy Inventory of Language Learning or SILL was developed by Rebecca L. Oxford. Oxford developed the inventory in the mid 1980s and published several versions of it in between 1985 and 1990. ...
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Why retain vocabulary when there are dictionaries?

Retaining vocabulary is great for those who are learning a new language and helps with writing and reading. With retaining your vocabulary instead of forgetting vocabulary, you are also retaining ...
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What advantages do standard dictionaries have over learners' dictionaries in defining a word?

The difference between them is the tradeoff between the level of the words used in the definitions. A simple definition is well... simple. It uses low level words in order to easily convey ...
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What advantages do standard dictionaries have over learners' dictionaries in defining a word?

a simple definition is still a definition, and it should define the word correctly. I'd shy away from "correctly" and say instead that the simple definition is intended to define the word ...
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What advantages do standard dictionaries have over learners' dictionaries in defining a word?

(I apologize for an informal answer, but this is what really matters for a language learner) The difference between those is the amount of useful information per volume, when usefulness is defined ...
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When using flashcards, should the word or the definition be hidden?

One way to look at things is the "definition" versus the "word." Another way to look at them is the "native language" (definition) versus the "foreign" word. Which one to emphasize depends on your ...
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What exactly does e.g. "95% comprehension" mean?

Reading comprehension involves asking questions of readers after they read a text. Typically, these would be vocabulary questions and questions about meaning. These are then graded using whatever ...
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How can I improve my ability to find the definition of unknown words using the context?

Well first, you should try to be able to translate a word in your L2 into the correct word in your L1 to prove your fluency and mastery of the word. This is critical in inferring the definition of a ...
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